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€160,000 in prize money for sustainable projects in the Alpine region

CIPRA, the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps, has awarded prizes worth a total of €160,000 to eight outstanding projects aimed at sustainable development in the Alpine region. The awards for the Future in the Alps Competition were presented today at CIPRA's annual conference in Brig/CH.
CIPRA's Competition was aimed at publicising and networking innovative schemes which had already been implemented.
The main prizes in the six competition categories were endowed with prize money of €25,000 each. CIPRA also awarded two special prizes worth €5,000 each. The prize winner in the category Regional Value Added is Qualitätsgemeinschaft Vorarlberger Holzbau from Austria and its Holzbau-Kunst project. The Governance Capacity prize went to the Polo Poschiavo Further Education Centre from Grisons/CH. Other prizes in the categories Protected Areas and Mobility went respectively to the non-profit association Logarska dolina d.o.o. from Slovenia and the Austrian Municipality of Werfenweng for its sustainable mobility concept. The prize in the category New Forms of Decision Making went to Italy and the support organisations of the Self-administered Referendum on the Future of Mobility in the Puster Tal. The prize winners in the Policies and Instruments category were Tyrol's Ferdinandeum Provincial Museum and Tyrol's Environmental Advocate's Office for the Die Helle Not project, a scheme aimed at protecting moth species. The two special prizes were awarded to the Kempodium urban project in Germany and the AIAB Association for Ecological Farming in Italy.
More detailed descriptions of these eight prize winners and the 15 projects which also made the shortlist are available in German, French, Italian, Slovene and English at www.cipra.org/future.